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08 Aug


Written by Trae

Next we had a week planned with some of my college roommates. Tyler caught the red eye from Denver to Detroit and graciously agreed to nap at baggage claim until we arrived. So, that day we woke up before the crack of dawn and did our first pitch-black campsite tear-down. Taking our trailer through the arrivals line at the Detroit International was surprisingly easy. The three of us arrived at the house of our good friend Casey’s parents, unhooked the trailer and settled in for a week of good times with old friends. After some light manual labor to help Casey’s dad, the group headed to New Holland Brewing for some of Jamie’s favorite beer, “Dragon’s Milk”. The best thing to follow a fresh beer is drinking another fresh beer, so we headed next door to Hops at 84 East and then Curragh for some more pints.

Tyler was only staying over the weekend, so we packed day 2 full of fun activities like walking the waterfront of Lake Macatawa to the Holland Farmers Market, hiking in Saugatuck Dunes Park, dinner with Casey’s family and a few games of mafia. On Sunday, we headed to Casey’s grandparents’ who live on a smaller lake that was just getting warm enough for swimming – of course we jumped right in. We also had a great lunch at Red Dock.  The last day Tyler was there, we headed to Rockford, MI and mountain biked the Merrell bike trail and ended the day by testing our trivia knowledge at Curragh with Casey’s family.


Once Tyler left, it meant vacation for all of us was over. Jamie and I had a lot of finishing touches to do on the trailer and spent the next 4 mornings working on them. In the afternoons, we would hang out or do fun activities with Casey and Adrianne. Some of the highlights were brats and corn hole, more kayaking and swimming at the lake, group trip to Menards, skipping the Waboba at the lake and finding out our friends are having a BABY BOY in early October! We also had a good time playing with Hobe the cat and Van the turtle.


While in the area, we were also able to meet up with our good friends Joe and Alyse who used to live in Charlotte and now live in Detroit.  Joe grew up in Rockford, so we met them at his parents’ house and spent the rest of the afternoon kayaking the Rogue River. We ended our awesome day back in Grand Rapids with a visit to Casey at his firehouse, and then some delicious brews at Founders Brewery.


Our last day in Michigan started with trailer work and ended with a family Memorial Day BBQ at Casey’s grandparents’ house. It was a great way to end the week and enjoy quality time with our good friends and their family (who always treat us like family). We owe a huge thank you to Carol and Pat Sullivan for letting us hang out by their lake all week, and to Debbie and Brian Sullivan for hosting our trailer in their driveway and for allowing us access to the garage for tools and supplies. We can’t wait to head back to Michigan for another visit with our amazing friends.

trailer shadow


Trae and Jamie